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Java IDE [Dec. 2nd, 2003|09:48 pm]
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It looks like I'm going to be spending most of the rest of the week programming Java. So, I thought it was a good time to check I'm using the right development environment.

Currently, for developing code at work, I use gvim + a web browser on java docs + ant. For developing Java code at home for my mobile phone (which I haven't done much on of late), I use the Sun 1 Studio (Mobile Edition). All of this takes place on Linux, using the IBM Java runtime + development kit.

I guess my main options are:

  • Eclipse - good point being it's what VA Java because (which I used lots in my early Java), but my Dad's always having issues with installing it and making all the external modules he uses work
  • Sun 1 Studio / Netbeans open source version - trouble is, I have enough issues with the Mobile Version to make me not want to risk it on main code
  • Current gvim + command lines tools - works well, but lacks easy debugging

(What I'm developing, if that affects things, is about 80% command line Java code to work with Lucene, and 20% Java custom tags for Cold Fusion, again working with Lucene)

Anyone out there doing any Java work and have an opinion to offer?

From: (Anonymous)
2003-12-02 03:20 pm (UTC)


IntelliJ is absolutely awesome. This thing has saved my neck day in, day out, and I've been able to develop software at 10 times the speed because of it. The rest of my team swears by it too. In particular, its refactoring features, and code navigation features, are second to none. The debugging mode is immensely powerful too - at a breakpoint you can evaluate any expression you want, and stepping through is done well.

See www.jetbrains.com

It integrates with ant too. Version 4 (to be released soon, I think) even runs Java apps in intepretive mode, so you can make changes as it runs!

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From: gagravarr
2003-12-03 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: IntelliJ!

It looks swish, yes

However, it's $500, keeps forgetting my paths, fails to compile my code because it can't find other classes from the project etc....

I think I might need to find some time before my 30 days trial is up to follow a tutorial and figure out how to make it work. Can't really afford to spend more time on it now though
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